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Country Heaven

(Dare River #1)

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4.18  ·  Rating details ·  6,679 ratings  ·  565 reviews
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A down-on-her luck cook uses food’s magical properties to tame a beastly country singer after he hires her under false pretenses to restore his image.

When famous—and infamous—country singer Rye Crenshaw saunters into the diner where she cooks, Tory Simmons is certain she’s got him pegged. He’s a bad boy who indulges himself in
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Kindle Edition, 319 pages
Published February 8th 2014 by Ava Miles, Inc.
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Samie Kauchis If you get invested in characters and an author's wonderful writing style, most likely. I just plowed through this author's Dare Valley series and…moreIf you get invested in characters and an author's wonderful writing style, most likely. I just plowed through this author's Dare Valley series and loved every minute. Rye even makes appearances in some of those books, so these two series are slightly intertwined.(less)
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Carol [Goodreads Addict]
Country Heaven is book one in the Dare River series by Ava Miles. This is one of those books that five stars just isn’t enough. Don’t you love it when that book comes along that fulfills all of your book needs?! I was the daughter of a career musician and am the mother of a career musician so this mixture of music, cooking, and romance was perfect for me.

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Rye Crenshaw is a huge country music star that has built himself up as a bad boy to help sell his albums. He lives the life most dream of wi
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Jonetta
Originally posted at The Book Nympho

Have you ever had one of those books where you don't want to put it down but you also don't want it to end? That's they way this story was for me.

The setup
Rye Crenshaw, famous country music singer, was the darling bad boy to his fans until a huge misunderstanding put him on the wrong side of media attention. He's on tour, floundering and happens by a recommended local diner in Kansas where Tory Simmons was the cook. She's struggling to make ends meet followin
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Carol (StarAngel's Reviews) Allen
4.5 Country Singing Stars

I have to say that I thoroughly enjoyed this book and was surprised because it was free. I loved the characters and found it easy to connect with each one.

The heroine was strong and stuck to her morals and beliefs, while teaching all the rest of the characters what it means to be a family and love.

Such a heartfelt book full of action and lessons to be learned!
✨ Gramy ✨

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The characters were opposites: Rye the bad-boy country singer and Toni, the struggling college student. But these two young adults were quickly attracted each without much effort. Their chemistry was compelling and captivating. This is a well-written saga, with unique obstacles. The twists and turns presented in the circumstances of this journey transform the hero's life in ways he never conceived possible.

To borrow a paraphrase from the Wedding Planner:
'They appreciated each other. Then the a
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~Kristin~
Jan 26, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
3.75 Stars
While this is not a book I would usually choose to read, I was in the mood for something light and entertaining so I decided to give it a go. I did have a little bit of difficulty with the "country hick" type phrasing and the OTT way Southerners were portrayed, which I'm very touchy about. I lived in the South for 11 years, and consider myself part Southerner, so when I read the stereotype hick and stick up the ass prim and proper, it tends to bother me. All in all, this was a cute sto
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Jacob Proffitt
Oct 30, 2017 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: unfinished
At 25% I just can't take any more. I think my eph (eye-rolls per hour) was measurable in dozens, starting right at the front. I mean, I'm not into the country music scene at all but I can't imagine that a confrontation with a blow-hard whiner-baby squealing about "family-values" would really have the power to hurt a country bad-boy's career. How incompetent are his image people if they can't get ahead of a single stupid story with a thoroughly unpleasant source? Oh, and that's before concocting ...more
Kate's Corner
This is my first book by Ms. Miles, it is the first book in the Dare River Series and I loved every frigging second of it. It made me laugh it made me cry it made want to never say goodbye.4 Country Heaven Stars. Off to read the first book in the Dare Valley Series.
Dianne
Will a self-indulgent, country star with a bad boy image find that the way to his heart of hearts is through his stomach? If his newly hired personal chef were to answer that question when she first met him, she would say he doesn’t have a heart capable of love, just an overly active ego and a bulging wallet. Is that the real Rye Crenshaw or is there more to this man than meets the eye? Will their time together while on tour become more than a PR stunt to improve Rye’s tattered image? Tory is fa ...more
Winter Sophia Rose
Emotional, Spiritual, Captivating, Unforgettable & Refreshing! An Absolutely Amazing Read! I Loved It!
Stephanie Dulac
Aug 31, 2018 rated it it was amazing
I loved this book i loved the relationship between rye and tory you can so relate to them with love and hurt and making up also touch's on personal issues that some family's can relate to i cant wait to read more books by her this was my first one and now im hooked. :)
Jewels ♥ My Devastating Reads
I am not sure where to even begin with this novel. To stay it is wonderful is probably the understatement of the year, but it is wonderful. So wonderful that even as I read it, I never wanted this book to end. It was just beautiful story telling, moving and every scene was rich with emotion and depth.

I think it was the depth of this story that caught me so unawares. I was expecting a simple plot where bad ass rock star meets sweet girl and cleans up his lifestyle because of true love. Simple, sw
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Kelly
I didn't love this book. I didn't hate it either. I'm sort of ambivalent about it. Like, it was entertaining enough and I read the whole thing, but some of the things Rye did sort of annoyed me and Tory put up with a lot from him that maybe she shouldn't have. Plus, Tory's a little wishy-washy about her personal life. I get wanting to honor a dying wish and all that, but what about being happy with those choices? She so clearly wasn't thrilled with her chosen major that it made my frowny face ma ...more
Dyndyn
Mar 08, 2015 rated it it was amazing
This has been a beautiful surprise! It's my first Ava Miles book and if all her books are like this then I've been missing out.

A famous country singer offers the chef at a local diner a job as his personal chef on his tour for a few months. This should have been simple enough, except it's not. Rye Crenshaw and Tory Simmons were each other's answered prayer. Tory could help rebuild Rye's damaged public image aside from whipping phenomenal meals for him and Rye's offer could save Tory from the fi
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Jo - *✽*•.★Reading Is My Bliss★.•*✽*
Sometimes you just want to read a a sweet love story.

Some authors seem to think that some readers crave, drama and twists. That is okay sometimes but give me a slow building romance any day.

That is what this is. Tory gets the offer of a lifetime to be a personal chef to a well known, heart-throb country singer Rye Crenshaw. This could be the answer to her financial woes. What she doesn't expect is what she begins to feel the more time they spend together.

I love reading about guys like Rye. A bit
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Indy
Mar 08, 2015 rated it really liked it
This is one of the best freebies I can ever recall reading! Strong 4 star read!

Really well written, flawed likeable characters who each help the other become a better person throughout the course of their relationship. Poignant dialog and plot developments, great supporting cast. Really cute recipe and song inclusions helping to support the uniqueness of this book and speak to the individual traits and strengths of the main characters. And yes, there were steamy moments but surprisingly those pa
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Beth
Ava Miles makes hometown USA explode on the pages with the Dare Valley Series. With Country Heaven the all new Dare River Series, Miles takes that hometown feel to a more global audience with a world famous country singer. She still writes characters that you'd want to call your friends...completely relatable with heart felt issues and emotionally engaging.

From the first few pages, I was utterly sucked into the storyline. I felt the characters' struggles, heart ache and cheered on their romance
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Anna
Mar 14, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Funtastic! Want to try this food! Yummy

Re-read, 3 or 4 time. Really great book! Strong sassy heroine, but with warm heart. Hero here was through good grovelling. I liked this part best of all!
Yummy food! Will try soon some of them.
Viviana
Mar 29, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
3.5 stars.

It was ...... Very long.
Jillian
4.5 stars. I really enjoyed this book. This is the first book by this author that I've read and I will definitely read more by her in the future.
Audible: I added the whispersync audible narration to this kindle book. The narrator did a good job. I recommend this as an audiobook.
Fleur
Jul 15, 2018 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Less than a chapter in and I wanted to murder her already. I tried. Not for me.
Tanja ~ T's Book ~ KT Book Reviews
Well one thing is for sure, don’t read this if you are hungry. *smiley face* Rye walks into a diner and leaves with the cook. Literally. She needs the money and he needs home cooking. It works right? Well…..maybe not so much.

You have heard before I am sure. A way to a man’s heart is through his stomach. What Rye needs is a swift kick in the butt and some real honest to goodness truth laid out. Tory gives him just that. With a no nonsense attitude and a real down home love of food. Tory takes car
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Terri
Apr 09, 2017 rated it liked it
This book is more like 3 1/2 stars- some things were too far fetched and some details about the characters were not revealed until the end of the story. It was a good romance and I'm looking forward to reading more of this series.
TSN
DNF 20%

I couldn't take any more. I was afraid my eyes actually were going to roll out of my head here.
OhWell
Feb 24, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
4.5*, rounded up. I haven’t enjoyed a contemporary novel this much in quite some time. It feels just like comfort food:) Can’t believe this was a freebie!
Sonia189
Aug 06, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Very good and engaging!
A sweet romance for certain and it isn't only perfect because some details were too convenient and some situations too long to be finished.
I'll probably read more by the author.
Terry
Aug 28, 2014 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This is the first book from this author that I've read and will not be the last. What a talented writer Ava Miles is, and this story is up there amongst my favorite reads! It deserves so many more than 5 stars. The main characters, Rye and Tory, are amazing people. And each so talented in what they do. Rye with his country music, and Tory in her cooking. Their love for each other is a slow build with several set-backs that either had me laughing, or crying while my heart was breaking for them. T ...more
Margaret Standafer
I thoroughly enjoyed the story of Tory, a cook in a diner, and Rye, a famous singer. When Rye offers Tory a job as his personal chef traveling with him as he tours, Tory can't turn down the money. Rye is no stranger to women throwing themselves at a celebrity and never expects to feel an attraction to someone like Tory. As the two spend time together, Tory gets to know a man who, on the outside, appears to have it all, but is actually lonely and, she decides, in need of reconnecting with his est ...more
Jennifer Hill
Jan 18, 2016 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2016-books
Very predictable, but that is expected for a free Kindle book. I hated how Rye kept calling Tory darlin' and sweetheart and came off very smarmy. It was very hard to like him sometimes. I feel like the book could of been better, but the author just scratched the surface of the characters and put out a predictable and at times, boring book. Also, could she be any more obvious at the end about setting up the main characters of her next book?
Janeiowa
Mar 07, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
4.5 stars

I've found a new author to add to my Favorites List. I'd read Ms Miles Nora Roberts Land and enjoyed it. When this title was available for free at Amazon and B&N, I grabbed it. The storyline is well planned and flows smoothly. The characters are very well drawn and they are believable.

I've already bought #2 in this series.


Hollie
Sweet romance

~3.5 stars~

I liked this story for the most part. At times it seemed it felt overly detailed. Like it could be been much shorter without missing anything of great importance. It was still charming and made for a nice, easy, simple read. I also much appreciated it being offered as a freebie.
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